United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that after a nearly two-year investigation, the Department of Justice found that the Louisville Metro Police Department violated federal law and the Constitution. The investigation was initiated following the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police.
“The department has concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that Louisville Metro and LMPD engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution,” Garland said.
The report found that the LMPD used excessive force, conducts unlawful searches, executes no-knock warrants unlawfully, disproportionately targets Black residents with unlawful policing and charges them with misdemeanor offenses at a higher rate than white residents, violates protected speech, discriminates against those with behavioral health disabilities, and has deficiencies in investigating domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Garland announced the consent decree that outlines 36 remedial measures to comply with the Constitution and rebuild trust with the community.
Click to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris: